The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is meeting this week in Juneau, and Chinook bycatch is heading the agenda.
The council is set to take final action on measures to control the incidental take of Chinook in Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries targeting species such as Pacific cod, flatfish and rockfish.
The options include an annual limit, or "hard cap," of between 5,000 and 12,500 Chinook salmon.
Chinook bycatch, of course, is a very hot topic these days given the weak Chinook returns to many of Alaska's river systems.
The council has been working methodically to rein in this bycatch.
In June 2011, the council set a cap of 25,000 Chinook in the Gulf pollock fishery.
Regulators also have set caps in the giant Bering Sea pollock fishery.
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